The Peanut Butter That Sounds Too Good to be True
The amount of fat in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is 16 grams—no small amount, to be sure, but it's mostly unsaturated (i.e., better for you) and can make a filling snack, Jibrin says. By switching from full-fat to the reduced-fat kind, you'll save only about 4 grams of fat. Plus, there's virtually no difference in calories! The reduced-fat version replaces some of those mono- and poly-unsaturated fats found in peanuts with fillers, empty carbs and extra sweeteners not found in any type of real food. "They have no nutritional benefit," Jibrin says. She adds that the total recommended fat intake for the average person is about 30 percent of total calories each day, so full-fat peanut butter, in moderation, can still be a part of a healthy diet. Look for a brand that has only one ingredient on the list: peanuts.